With the Valentine's Day weekend upon us, we have a solid weekend for live hard rock & punk music in the Twin Saults ahead, so we're reserving this weekend's Banned & Highway 63 previews for tomorrow's post, perhaps with more late notice announcements to come, so watch for them then! Now, let's get into Sault Ontario concerts today, starting with some SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS with another new show coming later in the month!
The long teased Valentine's Day-themed concert at The Rockstar Bar goes down THIS SATURDAY NIGHT with four local acts taking the stage! Apologies for the short notice, we were waiting for finite details on the show's lineup and date, and we only found enough earlier this week. Postponed from it's original Friday night date for unannounced reasons (The Pixo Control show tomorrow is definitely a separate event), SATURDAY'S show will basically be an expanded sequel of the Rockstar Bar show from January 9th, with all three bands from that show back this weekend, including new local hard rock quartet Eclipse, alternative hard rock trio The Din, and pop punk quartet Stereo North, who should all deliver fun sets once again for the Valentine's Day weekend! Unlike on January 9th however, there will be a fourth opening band, that being local musician Jacob Quarrell's acoustic solo project Shit Creek Survivor (who you may recall from 2014's Sault Band-O-Rama.)
It's nice to see Jacob back on stage, and hopefully his folksy unplugged originals find a good audience THIS SATURDAY! Promoted by Eclipse guitarist Daniel Horton (though The Din are responsible for the official Facebook event page), there is a $5 cover charge for this 19+ concert, which starts on Saturday at 10:00 PM. This should be an entertaining and familiar concert for local hard rock and punk fans, so definitely consider checking it out on Saturday, and check the above links for more details! With no Eclipse videos online yet, here's The Din's current lineup!
Next up, local classic/hard rock cover quartet Mourning Wood will reportedly be back at The Rednecks Saloon for one night only THIS SATURDAY NIGHT themselves! Apologies again for the short notice, we only heard about this show via the venue's Facebook page yesterday, in a rare promotion from their end of a concert there (note that while the band hasn't confirmed the show yet themselves, they're no strangers to late notice plugs of their concerts.) This weekend's show is a one-nighter due to the return of frontman Terry Eaton's country band Asylum Country to the live stage at the same venue tomorrow night, so if you're a country fan and have missed seeing them lately (or miss seeing Terry back together with ex-Mourning Wood drummer T.J. Case), keep tomorrow's show in mind as well! THIS SATURDAY'S concert will also be Mourning Wood's first at the former Nicolet in two weeks, and follow their Esquire Club return this past weekend.
SATURDAY NIGHT'S concert has no announced cover charge, a 19+ age limit, and a likely 10:00 PM start time, and should be a good time for fans of the band's often heavy covers and wide song selection! Check the above links for more details, and here's Mourning Wood live last year!
Moving to previously announced concerts (though in this case, with a new confirmation for later in the month), we'll head back to The Rockstar Bar TOMORROW NIGHT, where local alternative/grunge trio The Pixo Control and Nick Luck's local indie/alternative band Aldous will join forces, two weeks before the same two bands rock LopLops Lounge on Friday, February 26th! These alums of last year's Rotaryfest Second Stage are definitely well acquainted, and they should compliment each other well for this month's two shows, so if you can't make tomorrow's concert, you can see them at a different downtown venue two weeks later! Of note, this will be The Pixo Control's first Rockstar Bar show of the year, and their first gig since their removal from Tuesday's Sheepdogs concert, while this is the first advertised show from Aldous of 2016 that I've found. You can take in The Pixo Control and Aldous' "strange electric taste" at 10:00 PM tomorrow, and at 9:00 PM at LopLops on the 26th.
Both of these Pixo/Aldous shows are 19+ affairs, and they each have a $5 admission fee. For more details, visit the official Facebook event pages linked here & here! It's great to see The Pixo Control staying busy in the new year, and Aldous' blues-influenced sound should be a nice contrast to open both gigs, so keep both in mind for tomorrow and in two weeks' time, and here's The Pixo Control live last year!
Finally for this preview post, we'll look at ex-Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison's long-running weekly concert arrangement at Gliss Steak & Seafood, which marches on with solo acoustic matinee shows TONIGHT, TOMORROW, and SATURDAY NIGHT! Though not announced on Facebook as of this writing, the shows are listed on SooToday's entertainment page and on Tym's website. Fans of Tym's prolific and skilled blend of hard rock and more general covers should enjoy this weekend's solo shows once again, especially if you're familiar with his recent matinee run at Gliss, so if you're up for some evening rock hits, be at The Quality Inn's restaurant over the next three days! As usual for Tym's Gliss run, there's 6:00 PM start times in effect for tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday, and while these shows all have no admission fees or age limits, remember that Gliss is a sit-down restaurant. See above for more details, and here's Tym live!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for Sault Michigan previews and more next! Thanks everyone!